Staff


ADMINISTRATIVE

 

Victoria Garcia

Department Manager

6145 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-1339

vgarcia@berkeley.edu

The Department Manager reports to the Chair and is the highest-ranking non-academic authority in the Department and is responsible for performing the highest level of administrative and policy analysis on a broad range of issues for the Chair. Independently responsible for the overall administration of the Department, the Manager provides leadership and management direction within Mechanical Engineering. The Manager is accountable for the following major areas of responsibility: Managerial Leadership, Strategic Planning, Budget & Finance, Academic Administration (including Student Services), Technical & Instructional Support (including IT), Human Resources & Administrative Management, Space & Facilities, and Special Programs.


Debra Chin

Academic Personnel Analyst

6137 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-5867

debramchin@berkeley.edu

Serves as the Academic HR Supervisor and Liaison for all matters of academic personnel management and administration for the ME Department. Assists the Department Chair, Manager, and Committees in formulating short- and long-range plans involving the academic personnel needs of the Department. Oversees and facilitates the academic personnel process for all academic titles including ladder rank faculty, adjunct appointments, emeritus, recall, professors of the graduate school, lecturers and joint appointments. Manages the faculty recruitment process. Coordinates and processes faculty summer salary appointments. Monitors award announcements, organizes material, and manages submissions for faculty awards. Contact for Human Capital Management (HCM) and APBears transactions for academic personnel.


Emily Higgins

Executive Assistant to Department Chair

Communications Specialist

6141 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-1338

emilyhiggins@berkeley.edu

Provides general administrative support for the department's main office, as well as the department Chair, and manages the department Chair's calendar. Manages the department website, communications, and various events.


Irma Paz-Viray

Shipping & Receiving/Faculty Support

2120 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-4585

ipv@berkeley.edu

Responsible for incoming and outgoing business mail for the department; faculty administrative support, such as: scanning, making copies, etc.; purchasing office supplies; lost and found for Etcheverry Hall; card key checkout for conference room reservations.


Melissa C. Varian

Academic Personnel HR Analyst

6139 Etcheverry Hall

510-643-7984

m_varian@me.berkeley.edu

Serves as HCM administrator and department contact for staff personnel including, career, limited, work-study and other student appointments. Benefits counselor for staff and student employees.

 


FACILITIES

 

Dan Essley

Facilities/Project Manager

6171 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-7789

510-332-8734 (cell)

dessley@berkeley.edu

Responsible for any facilities, lab, or office issues; safety issues; keys/card keys; use of the Etcheverry breezeway and/or roof top.

 


FINANCIAL

 

Johnny Molina

Financial Cluster Manager

6195 Etcheverry Hall

510-643-6159

johnny.molina@me.berkeley.edu

Plans, organizes and implements all policies and procedures concerned with the financial operations of the departments of Mechanical, Nuclear and Industrial Engineering and Organization Research. Provides direction and guidance to the chairman and senior administrative managers of the three departments. Manages all financial cluster activities.


Sheila Caguiat

Financial Cluster Specialist

6195 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-3459

sheilapc@berkeley.edu

Responsible for all financial transactions for the three departments which comprise the financial cluster. Performs BFS reviewer duties as appropriate. Insures that all documents are in compliance with Department, College and Campus policies and procedures. Analyzes and resolves non-routine accounting problems. Creates monthly status reports for faculty, and provides data to Analyst for additional reports as required by Chair, MSO, and faculty. Serves as primary liaison to department personnel, other campus departments and outside vendors. Analyzes department telecommunications and photocopy records for reports to faculty for annual administrative assessments. Oversees preparation of all required monthly payroll transactions for salaried and hourly paid faculty/staff/students. Researches and resolves all payroll problems. Complete responsibility for the Business Office internal operation.


Ana Preza-Gregg

Financial Cluster Specialist
6195 Etcheverry Hall

510-664-7279

acpreza@berkeley.edu

Responsible for financial transactions for Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Performs reviewer duties as appropriate. Insures that all documents are in compliance with Department, College and Campus policies and procedures.

 


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

Finsen Chiu
DECF Systems Administrator

1109A Etcheverry

consult@newton.berkeley.edu

Responsible for departmental website technical issues (i.e. server down); web server access problems; files stored of Kepler (DECF); research group website setup; network issues; license purchases for Abaqus; email issues for the @me.berkeley.edu domain.


Rene Viray
Programmer Analyst IV

2113 Etcheverry Hall

510-643-0873

rene@berkeley.edu

Responsible for CAD labs (1171 & 2107 Etcheverry Hall) operations and maintenance; CalNet activation/re-setting CalNet passphrase; maintenance and operations of audio-visual equipment in conference/meeting rooms; disposal of obsolete/unwanted equipment (excess and salvage).

 


RESEARCH OFFICES

 

Tracy Siira

Administrative Assistant to Professor Xiang Zhang
3112 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-0390

xz_asst@me.berkeley.edu

 


STUDENT SERVICES

 

Donna Craig
Director, Student Services

6187 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-5085

dcraig@me.berkeley.edu

The Director of Student Services reports to the Department Manager and Vice-Chairs for Instruction and Graduate Study. In collaboration with the Department Manager and Vice-Chairs, the Director provides leadership and management direction within the area of Student Services.The Director is accountable for the following student services matters and responsibilities: admissions, recruitment, fellowships, block grant awards, scholarships, current student matters and advising, temporary budget, and class scheduling. The Director maintains undergraduate and graduate student statistics.


Yawo Dagbevi Akpawu
Graduate Student Affairs Officer

6189 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-5084

yawo@me.berkeley.edu

Assistant to the Vice-Chair of Graduate Studies. Professional academic counselor in all areas of academic advising to current graduate students and applicants to our graduate program. Assist students in interpreting policies and procedures regarding the preliminary and qualifying exams and progress towards completion of their degrees.


Isabel Blanco
Student Affairs Officer

6189 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-6780

miblanco@berkeley.edu

Assistant to the Vice-Chair of Instruction and the Vice-Chair of Graduate Studies. Responsible for course scheduling and the coordination of the GSI/Reader hiring. Serves as the primary graduate student services adviser and admissions processor for the M. Eng and 5th year masters students/applicants. Advises prospective graduate students and assists with M.S., Ph.D. and bachelors student administrative tasks as needed.


Shareena Samson
Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

Equity and Diversity Staff Adviser
6193 Etcheverry Hall

510-642-4094

shareena@berkeley.edu

Assistant to the Vice-Chair of Instruction in all aspects of the Mechanical Engineering Instruction program e.g., advising activities, curriculum, course reports, textbooks, teaching records, course updates/changes, grades changes, teaching evaluations. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Levens and Jarret Award. Announcement and Berkeley Bulletin updates. ABET, Cal Day, Undergraduate Orientation and Annual Commencement reception.

 


STUDENT MACHINE SHOPS

ELECTRONICS SHOP
121 Hesse Hall | 510-664-9107

Staff members in the Electronics Shop provide resources and guidance to ME students involved in project-based mechatronics classes.

 

Ben Barron
R&D Engineer II

babarron@berkeley.edu

Tom Clark
R&D Engineer II

tomclark@berkeley.edu


ETCHEVERRY SHOP
1166 Etcheverry Hall | 510-642-4006

Staff members in the Student Machine Shop provide safety training and technical guidance as well as machine operation instruction for the purpose of providing hands on experience which seeks to balance and compliment the strong theoretical education here at UC Berkeley.

 

Scott McCormick

R&D Engineering Manager

(Etcheverry & Hesse Shops)

mccormick@berkeley.edu

Brien Angelo

Senior Lab Mechanician

bangelo@berkeley.edu

 

Jacob Gallego
Senior Lab Mechanician

jacob_gallego@berkeley.edu

Jeff Higginbotham
Senior Lab Mechanician

jchiggin@berkeley.edu

 

Dennis Lee
Principal Lab Mechanician

dennis.lee@berkeley.edu

Jesse Lopez
Senior Lab Mechanician

jesslopez@berkeley.edu


HESSE SHOP
31 Hesse Hall | 510-642-3427

Michael Neufer
Principal Lab Mechanician

neufer@me.berkeley.edu

Alex Jordan
Principal Lab Mechanician

alexjor@berkeley.edu

 

Daniel Paragas
Senior Lab Mechanician

paragas@berkeley.edu